|Manteo, North Carolina-Hampton Roads, Virginia
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)|
|Owner||Lockwood Broadcast Group
(Tidewater TV, LLC)
|First air date||October 19, 2001|
|Call letters' meaning||the word SKY, named for its original owner, SKY Broadcasting Inc.|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 2001-2006)
4 (VHF, 2006-2010)
|Transmitter power||70 kW|
WSKY-TV, which was launched in October 2001, is a full-power/full-market television independent station serving the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA television market (DMA) and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The station, which is part of the Hampton Roads market, broadcasts on digital channel 9 and is licensed to Manteo, North Carolina. Its analog transmitter was located in Powells Point, North Carolina on the WCXL tower. WSKY-TV was the last station in the US to be licensed as an analog, VHF low-band channel.
The history of WSKY-TV can be traced as early as 1995, when the FCC invited filings for a license to operate a television station in Manteo on channel 4. Six groups applied for the license.
WSKY-TV is carried on Cox Communications Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads' on channel 4, as well as 2 Charter systems in the DMA, Adelphia and Time Warner Cable services and Dish Network. On January 1, 2009, DirecTV removed the channel from its lineup following a failure to reapply for "must-carry" status. It was added back to the Directv lineup on January 1, 2012. Before its fall 2001 launch, channel 4 on Cox Cable housed LNC or Local News on Cable, WVEC-TV's 24-hour cable news television station. When WSKY launched, LNC moved up to channel 5 on Cox Cable lineups.
Despite the callsign and branding of "SKY 4", it is not affiliated in any way with British Sky Broadcasting of the United Kingdom, nor its parent company, 21st Century Fox (which also owns the Fox network).
During the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, WSKY-TV aired two weeknight 11 o'clock newscasts from CBS affiliate WTKR during that station's coverage of the basketball tournament. WTKR did broadcast late newscasts at Midnight when the coverage concluded.
Digital signal and tower collapse
The station's analog signal signed-off in late November 2006, as its digital signal was to sign-on from a new tower in Camden County, NC. WSKY had some challenges covering the Northern most area of the metro (Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton) on its analog signal; which was to be remedied with its new digital tower.
Between 6 and 7 a.m. on the morning of March 2, 2007, in high winds during storms moving through the area, WSKY-DT's tower collapsed, also destroying the transmitter building. The tower was three weeks away from completion. 
In mid-May 2010, WSKY-TV moved from channel 4 to channel 9 to improve signal strength.
- "TV station here could be reality". The Coastland Times. 7 September 1995. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- "Major setback for WSKY-DT". VARTV.com. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
- "Broadcast tower under construction in Camden Co. collapses during storm". WAVY-TV. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
- Database Error
- WSKY-TV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WSKY-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for WSKY-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WSKY-TV